I've got Civ4 arriving in the mail this Saturday, and I'm excited. I've been watching a few LPs, playing the demo, and checking out GameFAQs, while I wait for the game to arrive. Tell me... is Montezuma (the Aztec leader) a good leader for a conquest victory? I'm thinking that, because his first trait is "spiritual," that would assist me in gaining allies for when I go to war (as well as allies to trait war materials, such as iron and technologies, with), and the "aggressive" trait would also help out tremendously when I'm actually attacking cities. His starting techs of hunting and mysticism seem to compliment those traits nicely. Having mysticism right out of the gate will enable me to found lots of religions early on, giving me access to allies early on. The hunting compliments his aggression, while at the same time providing me with a food source right out of the gate. My plan is, once I've settled my capital, to begin researching polytheism (founding hinduism ASAP), followed by archery, giving my capital some decent defense. By this point, my first worker should be finished, and I would begin working on an archer to defend the city and switch my research over to "mining," so can have access to copper and iron as soon as I can... though I may switch to masonry if I see a stone quarry off in the distance, so that I can build a wall around my capital. If I can meet a neighbor who I can spread Hinduism to, I'd like to get him to teach me animal husbandry, so I can have horses and food. I think you get the idea of where I'm going with this. Does this sound like a viable strategy for my early game? EDIT: Btw, I'm planning on having a random world layout and climate, so I don't know what terrains are in store for me. After all, it's the dawn of man! I'm leading a tribe of about a hundred people; how do I know what the world is like?